2024 Harley-Davidson Street Glide 117 review | New look for Harley’s classic ‘bagger’ tourer


  • Improved ride quality
  • Clearer, more interactive ‘infotainment’
  • 105bhp and 130ft.lb

At a glance

Power: 105 bhp
Seat height: Low (28.1 in / 715 mm)
Weight: High (809 lbs / 367 kg)


New £26,795
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The new Harley-Davidson Street Glide is being touted as the most significant new model in the history of the 'Glide name. It’s built around new 117 cubic-inch (1917cc) iteration of the firm's air/liquid-cooled motor, up from 114ci in the previous cooking-model Street. There was a 117ci engine in the old Street Glide ST, but this Euro 5+ compliant motor is different from that again.

Park the 2024 Street Glide next to its previous-year counterpart, and the changes are uncharacteristically comprehensive. The resemblance is still clear, but chrome-rimmed round lighting that rooted every previous incarnation in the 1960s is replaced by LED headlights and daytime-running strips.

The ‘batwing’ fairing has a sleeker profile, tying to a reshaped tank with more elegant lines, and flowing back through new luggage and seat to create a far more modern look. It’s no longer a retro-look: sure, it’s still conforming to some of the norms for the long-established class, but it definitely looks like a bike of the modern age.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide TFT dash

It's the same story from the rider’s view, where you’re faced with a whopping 312mm TFT dash, replacing a mix of analogue dials and digital info panels with the all-modern touchscreen.

Navigation (with traffic updates via Bluetooth connection to your phone), the stereo (AM/FM/DAB) as well as phone controls can all be easily viewed on screen: although enhanced connectivity for Android phones is no longer available: the OS has pulled all motorcycle support from the market. Only iPhone users can still benefit from the function of Carplay, though it requires a headset connected to work properly.

There’s a new vent in the fairing with a flap to adjust airflow under the low-profile screen, to counter buffeting complaints before, which does the job nicely. The fairing might appear low, but the short seat height means even my 6ft (183cm) body is mostly tucked out of the wind, in silent comfort once I’d got the flap to my liking.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide cornering left

It’s 7kg lighter (15lbs) than before, with 3kg alone from the yokes (or triple trees) alone, bringing kerb weight to 367kg. So, still hefty. It is at least 13kg lighter than it’s mechanical twin, the 2024 Road Glide, and the low slung weight so not too difficult to manage. Walking pace turns and lifting it off the stand on slopes are awkward, but the lower handlebars (compared to the Road Glide) make it easier to manage.

Also, in response to owner critique, revised Showa suspension with an increase in travel from 54mm to 76mm at the rear to mitigate the spine-cracking ride over rough surfaces.

It’s not a radical change overall – it’s still the big-twin, American iron touring experience in general terms. But it’s appreciably better, with a strong motor that’ll surprise H-D cynics, chassis dynamics that step further away from the negative stereotypes, and detailing that makes it a more luxurious, well-rounder.

We feel this is only the start though – or it should be. Perhaps Harley-Davidson’s design team’s boldness is tempered by some fear of offending its existing clientele, but we feel there’s scope to endow the Street Glide with even more sophistication and modernity – semi-active suspension, a more sophisticated chassis, maybe even an auto/clutchless transmission – to take the core charm and image of a Big Twin experience into the modern age, and maybe into the hands of new customers.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Harley stereotype is that they’re ill-handling, wallowing, chassis-flexing pigs away from a die-straight highway. That’s a fair way from the truth: our first ride saw us head for the hills inland of Marseille, on roads you’d love to attack on a middleweight naked, or even a supermoto. Once upon a time, this would be a miserable experience on any of the Glide range, but the Street Glide makes a decent fist of tight turns, direction changes and even higher speed sweepers.

It's clumsy at very low speed, so you really have to mind the weight around town, but once there’s a bit of rolling inertia to help balance it, it’s perfectly controllable, turning accurately, maintaining suspension control and even keeping its undercarriage off the floor unless you make a concerted effort to fluff a corner and send showers of orange sparks from the footboards and frame fittings…

The longer travel rear shocks have gone some way to rectifying the complaints around ride quality, though the low seat/forward controls and high ’bars mean you’re sat with a lot of weight on your backside, and 74mm of travel still isn’t much, so it still jars over really torn or rippled surfaces.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide rear quarter static shot

Braking (by Brembo, albeit branded H-D) is good, though such mass inevitably takes more stopping than run of the mill road bikes. Feel and power is good though, and you soon understand the margins needed to get around safely. There is ABS, though it’s not needed too often as the upside of all that weight is that it pins the tyres to the floor pretty hard, and it’s usually brief in its intervention. The rear brake can be employed harder than ‘normal’ bikes for that reason too, and it’s sometimes the preferable option for smaller reductions in speed, making for a smoother ride.

Traction control is there, but basic: in the dry, you won’t need it unless there’s gravel all over the road. In the wet, it’s a conservative system that prioritises safety. It does what it needs to do.

The choice between Road/Street Glide is very personal: other members of the media were split between a preference for the low handlebars of the Street, and the ape-hangers of the Road Glide. In dynamic terms, the Street suits British/European riders better: greater ground clearance, better handling in the fiddly stuff as well as having your hands tucked away when it’s cold or wet, though the weight of the cowl and clocks hanging from the yokes is noticeable compared to the Road Glide’s frame-mounted nose cowl.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide on road banking to the right


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The narrow-angle V-twin feels like a modern engine, rather than the clattering, anachronistic feel of the air-cooled era, but it still retains a pleasingly chunky feel and sound that defies the character-sapping efforts of tighter emissions laws.

It’s smoother and less vibey than the old air-cooled Twin-Cam motors, and the extra power/torque (from improved gasflow through the heads, wider squish-bands in cylinders and a larger, slightly-downdraught throttle body) means it’s no longer an apology for a large capacity engine: it lays down grunt, sticking a smile on your face as the TFT dash whips up bigger numbers on the speedo.

The claimed power/torque is 11%/7% up the 114ci engine in the outgoing Street Glide, and with 3% more power and 4% stronger torque than the older 117ci motor in the 2022-23 Street Glide ST. Cooling is improved too: liquid from the radiator mounted in front of the crankcase visits the area around the exhaust valves in the rear cylinder first, as that’s where the greatest heat is produced as well as the least airflow to passively cool it. It then makes its way over the inlet side, before passing to the front cylinder head and back to the radiator.

That reduces heat passed direct from engine to rider in the first instance: there’s also new ducting from the radiator to channel hot air away from the rider so it doesn’t get a second chance to make you sweat. Our ride was in cool conditions, and we were consistently deprived of the benefits a warm motor can bring on chillier days, so it seems the efforts are successful: we’ll be interested to see if that pays off with improved thermal comfort in summer.

Front view showing dynamic cornering capability of Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Vibration is endearing rather than annoying, however a heavy clutch and chunky gearbox action remain. A modern slip/assist clutch would be welcome to balance rider comfort as well as clutch grip. Or, thinking left-field…. an automated transmission. DCT works well on the Honda Goldwing, and it could enhance the relaxed vibes here in the same way.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Earlier versions of the Milwaukee Eight engine had some issues with lubrication that seem to have been solved and forgotten. Improved cooling usually does reliability no harm, and owners of other recent big-inch Harleys are racking up tens of thousands of miles largely trouble free, so we’d have confidence in the new one doing so too.

The rest of the bike is pretty simple: only the new infotainment and switchgear stand to prove themselves in the long term. Adding protective film may be wise, as it’s such a dominating feature in your eye line it’ll irritate you forever more if it gets scratched…

We did notice our sub-1000 mile test bikes were showing a few signs of rust in the exhaust tips and other steel fittings: the bikes were admittedly ran-in and turned over to the motorcycling press in winter, but it’s still not acceptable for oxidisation to creep in so early. You’ll want to keep it clean and dry to avoid the same.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide seat unit and pannier set

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Production savings have actually cut the Street Glide’s 2024 RRP by £1000 in the UK, to £26,759. It helps, but it’s still a big chunk, and ongoing servicing, parts and accessories tends to follow suit.

Despite the relatively simplistic nature of servicing: oil and filters need changed every 5000 miles, and the valve lifters have the slack taken up with a hydraulic system, so adjustment is never required. Everything else is simple checks and routine maintenance – it’s belt-driven, and they’re long-lived as well as self-adjusting, so there’s not much more to do than fuel it up and keep an eye on the oil level.

Directly comparable options are limited: Indian’s Chieftain Dark Horse or Chieftain Limited are the only other big-twin baggers. Honda offer the only other close-ish options: the basic Honda GL1800 is also a short-screen bagger that costs around £1000 less than the H-D, though the flat-six is a refined tech-fest and trades its superior dynamics for less charm, although the six-pot motor has an appeal of its own.

Then there’s the CMX1100T: it costs less than half the H-D’s RRP, weighs 120kg less, even in its heaviest DCT-equipped guise, but it’s much more spartan in terms of equipment, isn’t ideally suited to carrying passengers, and lacks the same ‘big-block’ grunt of the Harley or Indian, so it’s really more of an entry-level option paying homage to the likes of the Street Glide (it even has its own approximation of a ‘batwing’ fairing), rather than competing with it.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide front fairing


4 out of 5 (4/5)

Cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity (with Apple Carplay for iPhone users: as of 2024, Android no longer offer their products to motorcycle manufacturers), a USB-C charger in a pop-out drawer, a DAB/AM/FM stereo, built-in sat-nav that picks up traffic info via Bluetooth and riding modes make for a fairly well kitted out machine.

For UK riders and our colder climes, you may grumble that that heated grips are an option (upwards of £250 in various styles, plus fitting). The Harley accessory options are extensive: from branded casual clothing through to fully-tuned ‘crate’ motors banging out 150bhp, with most things catered for in between.

Harley-Davidson Street Glide front quarter static shot


Engine size 1917cc
Engine type Air/liquid-cooled, 8v, V-twin
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Seat height 715mm
Bike weight 367kg
Front suspension 49mm forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin Showa shocks, preload-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs with Brembo four-piston calipers
Rear brake 240mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/60 x 19
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 18

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost -
New price £26,795
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 130 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide: The first new-age street Glide with the twin-cooled Milwaukee Eight engine, in 114ci guise. It was smoother and more fuel-efficient, though the performance gains weren’t great in the first iteration. Better brakes, suspension, and infotainment were less obvious but clear improvements.

Other versions

The Harley-Davidson Street Glide shares its chassis and Milwaukee Eight motor with its sibling model, the H-D Road Glide, with minor differences to the handlebar position and ground clearance.

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